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Charges of Abuse and Neglect Filed Against Mother for Using Taser on Teen Daughter

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In a distressing incident on St. Thomas, a mother faces multiple felony charges for assaulting her 13-year-old daughter with a taser during a heated argument, according to law enforcement officials.

Responding to a call, police officers visited Schneider Regional Medical Center last Wednesday, where a young girl and her grandmother sought medical attention. The girl recounted an altercation that unfolded earlier at her grandmother’s apartment. While spending time with her sister and friends in a bedroom and using her phone, the girl’s mother entered, incensed over a dispute from days prior. Interpreting her daughter’s dismissive gestures over the text messages as insolent, the mother allegedly fetched a taser and, upon returning, pinned her daughter down on the bed, employing the device thrice on her right shoulder, prompting everyone else in the room to flee in terror.

The grandmother, upon returning home around 6:00 p.m. and learning of the incident, was informed of the pain her granddaughter was experiencing, prompting the hospital visit. Although not present during the altercation, the grandmother provided police with a 17.5-minute audio recording capturing the escalation. Within this recording, the mother’s voice intensifies, at one point demanding her daughter to “shrug again!” amidst the sounds of electrical discharge and the ensuing screams and pleas for cessation.

Upon contacting the mother last Friday, she expressed feelings of exhaustion and underappreciation and disclosed her pursuit of professional support for mental and emotional issues. She agreed to surrender the taser involved in the altercation to the authorities, leading to her arrest. The charges levied against her include child abuse, parental neglect, disturbing the peace, and the employment of a dangerous weapon in a violent act, alongside third-degree assault and aggravated assault under domestic violence statutes.

Following her arrest, the mother was detained to await a preliminary hearing. While the results of Monday’s hearing remain undisclosed, a subsequent court appearance is slated for April 5, awaiting further developments in this harrowing case.

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Former Deputy Park Superintendent of St. Croix Sentenced for Property Conversion and Fraud

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ST. CROIX, VI – Gregory Camacho, 43, previously Deputy Park Superintendent for the National Park Service in St. Croix, received a sentence of nine months of home detention and four years of probation for unlawfully converting property, according to U.S. Attorney for the USVI, Delia L. Smith. The sentencing was handed down by District Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Thursday.

In addition to home detention and probation, Judge Lewis imposed a $6,000 fine and a special assessment of $75 on Camacho. He was also ordered to pay restitution amounting to $29,502.20 to the National Park Service.

According to court filings, Camacho, during his tenure as acting park superintendent from June 2019 to August 2020, occupied two housing units owned by the National Park Service without fulfilling rental payments, causing a loss of $14,192.10. In another instance in July 2019, Camacho deceitfully claimed relocation expenses for his family’s move from Titusville, FL, to St. Croix, even though he moved alone. This action led to unjust reimbursements totaling $13,387.50.

Furthermore, between October 2018 and September 2019, Camacho was found to have submitted overlapping travel vouchers for the same trips from his primary duty station, resulting in an additional $1,922.50 in improper gains.

These findings were brought to light through an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with the case prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Huston.

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Daylight Assault in St. Thomas Leaves Man Injured

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A distressing incident unfolded on St. Thomas when a man suffered injuries in a daylight assault in Simmonds Alley, according to a statement from the V.I. Police Department. The attack occurred on Wednesday around 12:15 p.m.

Authorities were alerted to the situation when the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call about a man found bleeding from the neck near the Jala Jala establishment on Kronprindsens Gade. Responding officers discovered the victim with a severe laceration on the left side of his neck, believed to be the result of the assault.

Despite the seriousness of his injuries, the victim refrained from providing a statement to law enforcement at the scene. He was quickly transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center for medical attention.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau has taken charge of the investigation and is urging the public to assist by providing any relevant information. Individuals can contact the CIB at (340) 774-2211 or call 911. For those preferring to stay anonymous, tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers USVI by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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Six Arrests Made in St. Thomas Drug Trafficking Crackdown

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ST. THOMAS — A targeted joint operation by the Virgin Islands Police Department, alongside the Drug Enforcement Agency and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, resulted in the arrest of six men accused of drug-related crimes in the Red Hook area, a noted hub for illegal narcotics activity.

Throughout February, these coordinated efforts focused on dismantling drug trafficking networks, culminating in several key arrests:

  • N’Kel Morton, 30, was taken into custody at Red Hook Plaza on March 8, 2024, facing charges of cocaine possession with intent to distribute.
  • On March 7, 2024, Jaamal Bell, 42, was arrested at American Yacht Harbor, charged with intent to distribute narcotics.
  • Peter Francis Jr., 33, encountered the same fate at the same location, on identical charges.
  • Anwar Lockhart, 40, was arrested on March 15, 2024, on Cassi Hill for cocaine distribution.
  • Niah Henry, 35, was apprehended on March 16, 2024, at Red Hook Plaza, with charges similar to Morton’s.
  • Kenson Plasimond, 43, was arrested on March 7, 2024, at Tutu Park Mall, also charged with possession with intent to distribute.

These arrests signify a continued commitment by local and federal law enforcement to curb the flow of illegal drugs in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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